RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER’S MANUAL
SUNDAY 21ST OF MAY, 2023
LESSON THIRTY-EIGHT (38)
TOPIC: CHILD ABUSE
SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
OPENING PRAYER: Almighty Father, grant all parents the grace to please You in their relationship with their children.
BIBLE PASSAGE: Mark 10:13-16
And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
MEMORY VERSE: “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6.
INTRODUCTION: According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, a child is “a young person especially between infancy and youth.” Child abuse is any maltreatment of a child which causes him/her harm. Such action can also take the form of child neglect or failure to protect a child from danger especially by a parent or other caregivers. The Bible tells us that whosoever harms a child is asking for God’s anger (Mark 9:42).
Through this lesson, students should be able to:
a. Understand the forms and signs of child abuse concept
b. Discover the ways to prevent child abuse
To attain the above-stated objectives, the teacher should:
a. Allow the student to take the opening prayer together, read the Bible passage, review the previous week’s lesson, and make contributions to the lesson.
b. Allow students to bear their experience(s) on each of the elements of child abuse so identified
c. Guide the discussion and apply corrections as appropriate.
d. Summarize, conclude, evaluate the lesson, give assignment and allow the Assistant Teacher to take the closing prayer.
-Identify five treatments from the passage which the Lord Jesus gave to the children and expect believers to emulate.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: FORMS OF CHILD ABUSE
-The teacher should group child abuse into three broad categories as follows:
i. Physical abuse
iii. Emotional abuse
-The teacher should allot each element of the child abuse under each category to students to discuss. The forms and elements of child abuse are stated below:
I. Physical Abuse:
i. Excessive beating of a child.
ii.Throwing of object at child, poisoning, child labour e.g. trafficking, hawking.
iii. Neglecting to give the child basic necessities of life like food, clothing, shelter, education, health care etc.
iv. Use of drugs, alcohol or any substance that will cause the child distress.
The teacher should use 1 Kings 3:19; 25-
26; and Mark 9:24 to buttress the points.
II. Sexual Abuse:
-The teacher should identify the following elements of sexual abuse and call students to discuss their impacts on the affected child.
i. Fondling of a child’s sexual organs.
iv. Defilement of a child.
The teacher should use 2 Samuel 13:10-15 to buttress the points.
III. Emotional/Psychological Abuse:
a.Teasing and bullying.
c. Verbal abuse/cursing.
e. Blaming/Finding fault.
The teacher should use 1Samuel 17:26-28 to buttress the points.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: SIGNS AND PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE
A.The teacher should explain the following signs of child abuse to the students.
i. Aggressive behaviour.
ii. Low self-esteem.
iii. Sleeping difficulties.
iv. Unexplainable bruises, burns or swelling.
v. Lack of concentration.
vi. Inclination to crime.
vii.Deformation or death.
B. The teacher should allow students to discuss how the following items stated below can prevent child abuse:
a. Early education, identification and intervention.
b. Break the silence i.e. reporting abuse appropriately.
c. Train the child in a godly way. Prov.22:6
d. Correction to wrong doing should be directed towards healing and reforming and not destroying. (Teacher to explain).
SUMMARY: No child abuse of any form is allowed.
CONCLUSION: Child abuse is a menace that must be dealt with holistically in the fear of God.
EVALUATION: Identify the forms and solutions to child abuse
CLOSING PRAYER: God, please save our children from child abuse.
ASSIGNMENT: Give five (5) reasons people abuse children. (2×5=10 Marks